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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Ace of Swords & The Jungian Tarot-Ace of Swords: Conflict of ideas.

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Ace of Swords represents the Primordial Energy of the Alchemical element- Air. Air being the combination of Fire(Father) and Water (Mother), lacks the individual Purity of the two, as well as the focus. Therefore, as Wind it goes which ever way the heated currents send it. In other words, any passionate idea will do.

Being an Ace of Air, it is the seed of mind, It is the First card of mind and is the Sword of the Magus, with its twenty-two rayed diadem of light; 22= 2x11, which is the Magical manifestation of  Chokmah, Wisdom and the Logos. Accordingly, Crowley put the Word of Law upon the blade which sends forth a blaze of light that banished the dark clouds of the Mind.

The One Mind begins as Kether, it is ....and that is about all that can be realized. It is the Breath of all that is.  It is the Dark Fire/Dark Energy that is unlimited and unseen yet is the Source of Energy/Light from the Infinite un-manifest. It is the Pusher of all the Universe, a motion within all Movement. It is the All Seeing, observer, who only observes.  All that is comes from there, all that is returns to there. Only to cycle again. Kether is "the great unexplained", and in the Ace of Swords, Kether is depicted as the Crown, the Primary symbol of Kether, The other symbols attributed to Kether are the Point, and the Swastika. Thus Kether is often displayed as a white circle with a dark point in the center. White is the color produced by the perfect balanced weight of all colors, signifying that Kether is the source of all light.

As with all the Sephiroth, Kether must be approached intellectually just to form a intuitive concept of the Source. For instance, we say that Kether is the point and as a symbol that is true, but the Point in not Kether. Just as God built us in It's own image, is true, but the Image is not God.
We are establishing some principles with symbols.  The symbol of the first principle is the crown. We may think because of our anthropomorphic perspective that this Force of Motion lies somewhere in our head, as a spacial as yet un-awakened part of our brain; However, this is not the case.
The Crown represents the Holy Guiding Spirit, the crowning glory that we all aspire to, even though it is a Force our brain is subordinate to. Because of George Lucas and his marvelous creation of modern myth,  known as the Star Wars series of movies and books; The Force has been described as the personal Aspiration of all Jhedi. Which seems to be a word cross of Magi and Djinn. The ancient Egyptians called the Three Magi, the three Stars in Orion's belt that pointed to Osiris's star Sothis (Sirius) , which "rose in the East". These belt stars were still called the Magi in the middle ages (See The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets- by Barbara G. Walker..page 565) . The Word Djinn is Arabian, and originally refereed to Ancestor souls. Now this is all very interesting and we have a new word for Ancestor Souls, Jhedi, whose power comes from the Three Sephiroth that make the Supernal Triangle, with Kether as the Crown, i.e.The Force. Once again Myth is a storied lie about a Truth.

All fun aside, Kether is the Crown from which all creation springs...as is observation in our mundane world of self awareness. Observation, begins creation. Thus the Point. The Point is complete unto itself with neither dimensions nor external definition. This would be called a "Singularity" in Quantum Physics. The Seed from which the Universe has grown.  The Big Bang, the outward expression of this Seed that has been caused by a Force called Will, are shown as the Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Each Sephira, is a crystallization of the latent aspects of Kether.
The Qabalistic God name of Kether is "I Will Be" or Eheieh in Hebrew, likened to the sound of breath. Because all Work begins and ends with Kether, all ritualistic, or meditative work  must begin with the invocation of the Highest. This idea alone, causes subtle changes and activity on the Inner Planes. The Unconscious guides and directs us toward our Higher Self when we begin to imagine the "Light above".

To the Qabalist, Consciousness guides, motivates, transforms and even translates the Energy of the Divine Unconscious but does not create that energy, nor can it destroy it. Again Imagination is the Womb, but Kether is before Imagination. The "Will to be", is not the same as "I Will Be", for the former one is individual and idealize, while the latter is without idea...the ideas of being came latter in the conception of Time (Binah-the third Sephira), as another latent aspect of Kether. The Will becomes three crystallized aspects. The  I Will Be, becomes Will to Force and Will to Form, then united becomes, Will to be, which is the Wholly Spirit!

The Number One is attributed to Kether, as 1 is the seed of all numbers, and as shown on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, by simple addition, 1+1=2 and 2+1=3, etc.. Then we have the 3 returning to the 1 as male (2) and female  (3) become one, thus, 3-2=1, which is the "Technology of Sex". All seeming very simple until we begin to meditate on simple numbers and simple geometry. The symbol 1 could be pure 1 which is indivisible, so what do we really know? Symbols such as numbers, are themselves not what they represent. Thus Kether is .......but we really don't know what it is; just as psychics doesn't know what "dark energy" is. Therefore, Qabalist Jason Lotterhand called it, "The Great Whatsit".

However, we do know that Kether is not static, for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation are in Assiah , the Qabalistic Material World. That is why the symbol of the Swirling Swastika, which rotates around a point, is another symbol for Kether. It seemed the Nazi's had high ideas for their perversions and have taken a ancient Buddhist symbol for the "First Swirlings" that cause manifestation and as in all propaganda, changed the meaning of the symbol to suit their vision of self importance: but that doesn't change the original meaning of the symbol.

"As above, so Below", in essence states that the Sephiroth of Malkuth, the visible color spectrum of the Physical  world, is equally as Holy as the Source. The Divine Creative and its Images, are undivided and inseparable. Therefore, our cultural concepts of separation are just basically denial of our wholeness and errant belief that separateness makes us special as in "more valuable". 
Much like the City Person who insists that farmers are "red neck" hicks, a form of lower life than themselves; even though their whole life is dependent on the food that the good, intelligent and diligent work of the Farmer produces. Such people are indeed in a denial produced by "fear of being inferior". Much like a parasite, thinking it is more important than the host; such is believing that we are separate from each other. In truth, the City man depends on the Rural man and vise verse. It is indeed time to expand our perspectives and "above all things, know thyself".
Finally, we must come to understand that Kether as Source of All  is a quality unknown to us, but which we can symbolize to some extent. Thus when an Ace appears in a reading, it implies great power that is beyond our perceptions. The Essence of a Thing; the Idea of Seed.

Raised upward, The Ace of Swords invokes the Divine Crown of Spiritual Brightness. The fact that it is an invoked device places it in contrast to a natural force and can be for good or evil. We all know that the Mind is not necessarily evil or good; as any idea will do for the Mind's concentration of "I AM" (invoked) force; it's lack of empathy for the manifestation of this invocation, makes it appear evil.

We all would like to think that there is a good thought that we can send to another, thus helping themAlthough we think that "being love" is a good thought----it isn't. Simply because Love is not a thought it is a force in action for the body it operates. Thought being what it is, the first material of an idea, makes it a deep dark and slippery mystery. Thought isn't sent to another, it arrives only at the body that is operated by the thinker/sender who must discern the purpose and if wishing to share the thought, must communicate it in action or word. That is why the Supreme Spirit Identity, made human bodies; for discerning self awareness. Thought must be felt in the most sensual detail, to insure its viability to empower and liberate the Alive from self imposed operational limitation often imposed by "short sighted thinking" and/or "reaction". This is especially true in a psychosomatic form, such as a living body.

If you feel bad about someones reaction to you and blame them for your feelings (..."you make me sad" etc.); you're not paying attention to why you have a body. The Body you own, operate and delight in, is a power tool whose very purpose is to react to Your thought; it can't give sensation (feelings) to any
thought outside of it!

It is the thoughts of the inhabiting consciousness that the body feels. 

Hence "Others" can't make you feel anything by their thoughts! Therefore if you have "bad feelings", it's your very own thought process that is causing them---not someone else.You are already "made", no one else can "make you'' anything.

If you wish to use the body as a proper "thought filtering power device" you must be as the Magus, and be the Will of the body, giving none of the bodies action to "others" ("Do what thou wilt is the whole of the Law: Love is the law"). "I AM Me", has nothing to do with the weakness of seeking validation; a mental weakness for it means you are not the Spiritual Strength of your Identity, but one who is "seeking one" and thus putting the body in the position of a beggar: "please like me"!

You are made manifest, which is a description of Truth. Truth says, "If made manifest, you had to be made by Divine Creative Validation".  No other validation is to be sought, nor needs to be sought.  Beware of thoughts, for "here be dragons"! For they are not truth, and they are tricky places to reside in as the Mind is a deceiver, not because it is evil, but because ANY THOUGHT WILL DO and will be invoked by the "I AM"...there is no consideration of empathy or discernment.

The Thoth Ace of Swords tells us that the mind is a neutral medium that is the essence of "Thought" and when the I AM invokes an identity by declaring, I Am... this idea or that idea, it will become manifested in the vessel/medium supplied. The human body is the "vessel" supplied for our consciousness.  Remember, there is only One Mind/Divine Creative that seeks Self-Awareness through creation, and in such a One, there are "no others" only "another way to be me". Hence, to think ill of "another", makes the thinkers body ill. Inversely, to think well of "another", is to may your body well!

The sensual human body, is a "test bed" for thought and will tell you, by its reaction to conscious thought, what expands and liberates its power to act or what depletes its abilities to function properly. Remember, to think ill of anyone, place or thing, and you will feel ill. Think Well, and you'll feel well. That is why the best mental balanced to operate in is to "Do unto another, as you would have done to you." Doing so, your life becomes a joyous/happy/wealthy motion in this psychosomatic state of being! Don't Trust thoughts, examine them. Remember, you are not a thought, You are a Thinker.
Thinkers are not thought, anymore than a truck diver is a truck.

Thought  is what you do to operate a sensual living vehicle for your own personal psyche self awareness; in fact, the Hermetic Qabalah sees thought as the "First Matter". Being Invisible Spirit Psyche, you need to create a self image to be "self-aware" and begin by manipulating "first matter" using the psychic power of " I AM"... . Therefore the physical body is a sacred gift that clarifies thought for Wise creation and greater self-awareness. Hence it is the "Me" that the I AM identifies. Therefore, be very careful about using the Power to Manifest Thought by saying "I AM": for "I AM" is invocation! "Above all things Know thyself ", is why the Invisible Divine built a universe of images. The Divine Creative knows Self through creation! Hence, The Divine Creative is Self Aware, as You!

The Jungian Ace of Swords: Conflict of ideas, is represented as a card of ideological conflict; of battle over principles or points of view where the victor is not necessarily the best one.
Suggested is that someone will be hurt, either emotionally, physically or even financially.Therefore this is not a card of subtlety, as is the Jungian Ace of Cups, but rather "in your face" conflict. Yet, something positive emerges from placing mind sets against each other, such as in a debate of opposing view points, where entirely new ideas or principles may emerge. 
Therefore, the Ace of Swords represents the very basis of thought: the seed or root of thought itself.  Swords are the suit of the "son", and therefore are the direct result of the communion of the Mother-Female-Unconscious (Water) and Father-Male-Creative Spirit (fire).

When thrown in a reading, it means that the Ace of Swords represents:
  •   A whirling force of strength gained through trouble.
  •  it is a singular affirmation of Justice, upholding Divine Authority, and can also be the Sword of Wrath, Punishment and affliction.
  • Justice will prevail in an issue within a years time.
  • New mental self image is being considered an invoked by the self-conscious.
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